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Lord Byron

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Lord Byron

  1. 1. Lord Byron
  2. 2. Childhood • born on January 22, 1788 to Captain John "Mad Jack" Byron (John Byron Gordon of Gight) and his second wife, the former Catherine Gordon in a house on 24 Holles Street in London • Byron's half-sister, Augusta (1/2 that survived) • originally named Barony of Byron of Rochdale inorder to gain his mothers estate in Scotland once the father passed away • christened, at St Marylebone Parish Church, "George Gordon Byron" after his maternal grandfather • Byron’s Mother had to pay off all his fathers debts • attended Aberdeen Grammar School • born with a club foot • Harrow, where he remained until July 1805. He did represent the school during the very first Eton v Harrow cricket match at Lord's in 1805 • that autumn he attended Trinity College, Cambridgeautumn made lifelong friendships with
  3. 3. Newstead AbbeyByron's great-uncle, the "wicked" Lord Byron, died on 21 May 1798, the 10-year-old boy became the 6th Baron Byron of Rochdale and inherited the ancestral home in Nottinghamshire
  4. 4. Life Style• Bi Sexual • had many mistresses and women • determend to prove himself because of the foot and divorced parents • extremist • aristocratic • had 2 children (1. abandoned as a child 2. sent away to a lonely death) • 19th Century Superstar • threw extremely rowdy parties • died 36 years old, April 14, 1824 of a fever while supporting Greek nationalist
  5. 5. Works• Don Juan • 'epic carnival’ • Byronic Hero • highly immoral yet popular • weaknesses in structure, characterization, and philosophy of life • satire on abuses of the ‘present states of society.’ • Italian ottava rima (eight-line stanza)
  6. 6. World View • Deist • God Created the world and then let it go • God is not involved in the world at all • Freethinker
  7. 7. Sources • • •